Mort pour la France

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Mort pour la France is a legal expression in France and an honor awarded to people who died during a conflict, usually in service of the country.

Montaigut-le-Blanc cemetery, tribute to the soldiers killed during the First World War (Puy-de-Dôme, France).


The term is defined in L.488 to L.492 (bis) of the Code des pensions militaires d'invalidité et des victimes de guerre.[1] It encompasses members of the French military forces who died in action or from an injury or an illness contracted during the service during the First and Second World Wars, the Indochina and Algeria Wars, and fighting in Morocco and the Tunisian War of Independence, and to French civil casualties killed during these conflicts.


Usage of the term is restricted under French law, and is administered and awarded by the National Office for Veterans and Victims of War.


French copyright law gives a special 30 years extension of copyright to creative artists declared "Mort pour la France" over the usual 70 years post mortem (article L. 123-10).[2][3][4][5]


List of writers officially declared "Mort pour la France".


List of composers officially declared "Mort pour la France".

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  1. ^ "Code des pensions militaires d'invalidité et des victimes de la guerre - Chapitre Ier : Mention "Mort pour la France"". Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  2. ^ "Code de la Propriété Intellectuelle (Livre I - Titre II)". Retrieved 2014-05-02.
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  4. ^ Angelopoulos, Christina (13 September 2012). "The Myth of European Term Harmonisation: 27 Public Domains for the 27 Member States". Rochester, NY. SSRN 2145862.
  5. ^ Rybicka, Katarzyna. "The Little Prince: almost in the Public Domain". Retrieved 9 January 2016.

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